Adrianne Lenker has been busy. The Big Thief frontwoman just released not one but two quarantine albums, and she’s also co-producing the debut album from Australian singer-songwriter Indigo Sparke. Sparke met Lenker opening for Big Thief on their Australian tour, and they produced her upcoming LP Echo together alongside Big Thief’s regular producer Andrew Sarlo.
“I had the privilege and pleasure of getting to help Indigo put these recordings together back in April and throughout 2019. These songs became near and dear to me, and it was beautiful to help build the billowy landscapes within them,” Lenker says. “Indigo’s writing and voice are ethereal and angelic and guide me through internal canyons and plains. I’m deeply grateful to have been part of this and to have gotten to play and sing along side Indigo, and to have been able to eternalize a very special space and time with her, which I will always cherish.”
Today, Sparke is sharing Echo’s lead single “Baby,” a glowing guitar lullaby featuring backing vocal harmonies from Lenker plus synth from her Big Thief bandmate James Krivchenia and glockenspiel by Nick Hakim. As Sparke explains:
I think love is quite sadly beautiful and haunting, to be at the mercy of the tides of love, to let it turn you inside out and distill you into something magnificent or strip you bare. I think this song came from dreams and endless love letters sent back and forth across oceans in the forms of songs. So much hope and fear and a burning star shining with just that one persons image… and the lullaby, there is only love. Sometimes it feels like you are canoeing in the river in the sky searching for this person who truly sees you and sometimes it comes along in the most unexpected ways. It can feel so achy. The longing.
Echo is out 1/29. Pre-order it here.